KNOWING THE TIME
February 1, 2016
1 Let every soul
be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers
that be are ordained of God.
therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that
resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are
not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of
the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Brothers, We are to surrender ourselves to God. He both has and gives to us His power to resist evil, and to do good. If we do that which is good we shall have praise of God.
4 For he is the
minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid;
for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger
to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
He that does evil will receive the wrath of God upon him. Yes as we have learned before that God is long suffering, and slow to anger, but in His time He will bring wrath upon the evil works of man.
5 Wherefore ye must
needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
6 For for this
cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually
upon this very thing.
therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due;
custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
8 Owe no man any
thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the
When we walk through this life rendering to the earthly powers those things which are due to them we do as God has ordained us to do. Brothers, even though we are not of this world we are in this world, and God requires us to pay our taxes, and our debts just as the world has too. We are to love one another, and this includes the lost, but we have a promise of life eternal, and a home in heaven one day. What we must do here on earth is temporary, but we must live in love of our fellowman.
9 For this, Thou
shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou
shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be
any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the
fulfilling of the law. 11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is
high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when
12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us
therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of
13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and
drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.
14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision
for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
God Bless you my brothers,
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